It’s been 5 months since the the launch of the Sony Xperia Z1 in IFA, Berlin, and Sony, on the 24th February, announced the successor to the Z1, the Xperia Z2, in the Mobile World Congress ’14 in Barcelona. It’s really peculiar, seeing the normal trend in the tech world to release a successor after around a year. Alas, we have no choice but to accept Sony’s decision as it is and just put all eyes and ears on this newbie earlier than expected.
So, let’s find out what new Sony brings to us.
The screen size has been bumped up by 0.2 inches to 5.2 inches. It’s a Full HD IPS Display with a pixel density of 423 ppi, for a crystal clear (Sorry, I’ve been watching Breaking Bad recently) display. The Xperia is anyways on the forefront when it comes to Display. The Xperia Z2 uses something called TRILUMINOS Display with X-Reality. Something called Live Colour LED has been integrated into Xperia series by Sony, for increased color depth and gradation. I’ve explained the TRILUMINOS Display and X-Reality here, so do check it out.
The processing on the Xperia Z2 is done by a 2.3 Ghz Snapdragon 801 quad-core with a whopping 3 GB of RAM. That’s nearly what my laptop’s got ! The Z2 has got the Adreno 330 GPU for 3D gaming and graphics rendering, the same that’s there on the Z1S.
The Z2 comes built-in with Android KitKat version 4.4, satisfying the desires of many of getting the latest Android version rather than waiting for the update to be released OTA (over the air). It’s got a nice 3,200 mAh battery to power it. We’ll have to see how “nice” it actually is, with the huge 5.2″ screen and 4 cores munching away juice steadily.
At 8.2mm thick, the Z2 shed a few millimetres of the Z1, becoming sleeker and when I first saw it, I totally fell for the shiny design, especially the shiny aluminum sandwiched between the front and back; it looks so elegant. The Z2 is dust resistant and waterproof to IP55 & IP58 standards, just like every other Xperia these days.
The camera’s the same as that of the Z1S, at 20.7 megapixels and it’s in-built camera features mentioned here.
But Sony’s smart; there is a jump in features from the Z1S to the Z2. The Z2’s got this cool new 4K video recording capability. Simplifying the jargon, it means that the video recorded is NOT of the conventional Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels; it’s ULTRA HD 3840 x 2160, for unparalleled sharpness full of authentic details. The Z2 supports 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution and playback on a 4K TV or projector using the latest MHL 3.0 connector. It’s also got this Bright F2.0 lens for minimal blurring of mobile images and capturing maximum light in low-light conditions.
Timeshift for slow motion videos.
A cool new feature added is Timeshift video. It lets you shoot video at 120 fps in 720p HD. Once the recording of the video is done, you can select which parts of the clip you’d like to slow down, playing back the section at quarter speed. Timeshift does the rest. Background defocus, just as it’s name suggests, enables you to defocus the background and adapt a shallow depth of field – you can capture two photos at different focus settings and blend them together. This feature was already seen on the Z1S, so it’s not a big surprise now.
There’s built-in Digital Noise Cancellation too for audio.
What the Z2 does, in layman’s language, is that it eliminates ambient noise using the microphone of the provided earphones and then provides you audio without that component of the ambient noise. I might have done a terrible job of elucidating it avoiding all the jargon, so I solemnly offer my sincerest apologies. The Noise Cancellation works only with the earphones coming with the Z2 and a few other compatible earphones of Sony. ClearAudio+ minimises distortion and restore balance and clarity to your music. The Z2 selects the best audio quality settings, leaving you with a crisp and clear audio experience.
The Z2 comes with NFC (Near Field Communication), so you can share media with other NFC-enabled devices nearby, by simply touching the two devices together. Music can be streamed to wireless speakers or headphones, media can be shared with other smartphones and photos can be seen on Sony BRAVIA TVs, of course if the devices have NFC capabilities, or even make payments through your mobile, all with the help of NFC. 16GB of memory is in-built which is expandable up to 64 gigs. The booking for the sales of the phone has started with a £600 price tag in the UK, €650 in the Netherlands and €600 in Germany. The first shipments are expected to arrive in April, so it’s just a waiting game till then.